Nine "Flying Saucers" Seen by Kenneth Arnold

Aviator witnessed 9 disc shaped craft flying at high rates of speed; the term "flying saucer" was coined in a local news report about the event.

Kenneth Arnold, an experienced pilot from Idaho, allegedly witnessed 9 UFOs on June 24, 1947 while flying over Washington state. Arnold believed the disc shaped objects, which were flying in formation, to be traveling at up to 1700 MPH, which was far greater than the maximum speed of any known aircraft at the time. Arnold described the craft as "saucer-like" in a local news interview the following day, bringing the term "flying saucer" into the UFO lexicon.

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